About Me

Award-winning composer for all media defined by a rich sense of innovation and emotional impact.

Once Ryan hit 21, he started playing in bands, joining Sunset Strip favorites Calico in 1997. They played SXSW. They toured the East Coast. They toured Brazil. In 2000, he decided he wanted to get weird. So he started the outlandish prog-punk outfit Überband and kept that train chugging for 13 years. Between Überband and a slew of other bands, he's made numerous recordings, toured in four different countries, and played countless festivals and clubs.

In 2009, he got mixed up with theater folk and music directed Forbidden Zone: Live in the 6th Dimension, a stage adaption of the Richard and Danny Elfman cult classic film. This led to a career music directing and composing for the stage. He has worked primarily with the Sacred Fools Theater Company in Hollywood, but also provided music for, among other venues, the famed Pasadena Playhouse. In 2019, he premiered Deadly, an original musical about the crimes of H.H. Holmes that he co-wrote with playwright Vanessa Claire Stewart. In 2012, he won an Ovation Award for his work on the play Stoneface.

Recent years have seen Johnson writing new classical music. His work has been performed by the Orpheus Choir of Munich and the Voices of Change Ensemble in the US. Somewhere in the midst of this, he now scores and licenses his music for tv and film, plays regular gigs around Los Angeles, and music directs live events.

By the way, in his teen years, he was an actor and starred in Carnosaur 2. For some reason, this is still something people take note of. Nowadays, he just does voice over.

I have been in the industry since 2000.

Ryan Thomas Johnson - Composer Reel
Added on 3/6/2020
A sampling of my scoring work for film and TV. Selections from... HitRECord on TV - Pivot Network. Prod. Joseph Gordon-Levitt Soiree - Dir. Ben Rock Symptoms - Dir. Courtney Gains Sexie Veggies - Prod. Erin Holt


Composer – Deadly

June, 2019 — November, 2019
Live Event – Sacred Fools Theater Co.

Composer – Symptoms

October, 2018 — December, 2018
Short Film – Courtney Gains

Composer/Pianist – A Miracle on 34th Street

November, 2017 — December, 2017
Live Event – Pasadena Playhouse

Composer – Soiree

September, 2017 — September, 2017
Short Film – 65Dollar Funeral Films

Music Director – Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play

August, 2017 — October, 2017
Live Event – Sacred Fools Theater Co.

Composer – Rio Hondo

November, 2015 — February, 2016
Live Event – Theater of NOTE

Composer – Candide

July, 2015 — October, 2015
Live Event – Sacred Fools Theater Co.

Composer – Astro Boy and the God of Comics

June, 2015 — August, 2015
Live Event – Sacred Fools Theater Co.

Composer/Pianist – Stoneface

May, 2014 — August, 2014
Live Event – Pasadena Playhouse

Composer – HitRECord on TV

May, 2014 — June, 2014
Television – Pivot Network

Composer – Watson and the Dark Art of Harry Houdini

June, 2013 — August, 2013
Live Event – Sacred Fools Theater Co.

Voice Over Artist – Tagg - The Pet Tracker

January, 2012 — November, 2012
Commercial – Loma Media

Music Director – HitRECord Fall Formal

October, 2011 — October, 2011
Live Event – HitRECord.org

Composer – Watson

June, 2010 — August, 2010
Live Event – Sacred Fools Theater Co.

Voice Over Artist – Pandora Ads

March, 2008 — January, 2020
Commercial – Pandora Media, Inc.

Composer – Cap'n Ken's Corner

May, 2001 — July, 2001
Online – Twisted Mojo Productions

Composer – Born Sinners with Pastor Tim

October, 2000 — December, 2000
Online – Twisted Mojo Productions

Composer – The Real Whatever

April, 2000 — September, 2003
Online – Twisted Mojo Productions

Composer – The Lonely Astronaut

March, 2000 — November, 2003
Online – Twisted Mojo Productions

Work with Ryan Johnson

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